(Photos provided by Harry's Building Materials)
Celebrating 60 years of business built strong
By Kelly Daniel
Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce
The new year brings celebration for Harry's Building Materials, Inc. The family owned and operated business turns 60 in 2015.
The original store still in operation in Rusk was established by Harry S. and wife Magoline H. Tosh in 1955.
"After World War II, Harry was an FHA and VA real estate appraiser. He also was a builder at the time," said Teresa Tosh Langley, Secretary-Treasurer and granddaughter to Harry and Magoline. "He was having difficulty getting his building supplies, so he opened Harry's Building Materials."
Through the years the company experienced growth both in store locations and family participation.
Harry and Magoline welcomed son Harry R. "Bobby" Tosh in the business full time in 1960, and he became manager in 1964. Ten years later, Bobby and wife Hazel purchased his father's interest in the business, bought the Rusk location and began a partnership with Magoline.
In 1974 the business was incorporated with Bobby as President. Johnny R. Sanders with his 10 years employment became Vice President. Magoline served as Secretary-Treasurer until her retirement in 2003, and Teresa was then appointed to that position.
Recently in the summer of this year, Bobby, now CEO, and Hazel promoted son Harry R. (Robby) Tosh II to President of the company. The youngest "Harry," Harry R. (Trey) Tosh III, joined the team seven years ago. Trey works directly with contractors, coordinating sales and learning the business operation.
The corporate office is in Rusk and currently, Harry's Building Materials retail stores are in Rusk, Jacksonville (1983), Troup (1990) and Nacogdoches (1992).
"We have had some exciting product and service additions, too," Teresa said. "We offer a custom door shop with craftsmen ready to build interior and exterior doors and door units in different species of wood. We can paint and stain fiberglass and metal doors. We also build cabinets, countertops, screen doors, pocket door frames and we cut S4S lumber to the customer's specifications. Plus, we offer a insulation installation service for new and existing homes."
A state-of-the-art showroom was added to the business in 2003 near the Jacksonville store.
For Nacogdoches, Harry's Building Materials at 7008 North St. is currently in a remodel phase with a design for better customer service efficiency and includes the creation of a new showroom. This new area is a display of doors and hardware, cabinets, paint, moulding, windows and other items that will give home owners help when making selections for their projects.
Nacogdoches Manager Mark Havard invites the community to join the ribbon cutting ceremony and open house in March for a social time to visit with the staff and see the store's upgrades.
Robby and Teresa believe without the help and hard work of the employees and loyalty of our customers, Harry's Building Materials would not be what it is known for today.
"I'm proud to be a part of a company that stands strong on the original foundation - to supply our area's builders with quality products and service," Robby said. "We offer the same promise to all retail customers, and for years and generations to come, we will continue to follow Bobby's slogan 'nobody beats our price with our service.'"